NGC 3324 (The Gabriela Mistral Nebula)

NGC 3324.

The Gabriela Mistral Nebula is named because of a striking resemblance to the Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet.

This extensive and irregular star forming nebula seems to be an outlying part of the Eta Carina Nebula complex. Stella winds and intense radiation from some very hot young stars have opened up a hollow in the surrounding gas and dust forming the characteristic shape.

This nebula seems to be projected against a much larger patch of nebulosity resembling the head of a iguana.

F.O.V.    40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.    Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.     S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.   14 x 600 sec. + 22 x 300 sec.    April, May 2022.

Location.   (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.